We’ve all been there. Financial disasters happen. You may have lost your job, gotten into an accident, or a number of other things. Disasters take a toll on your finances and your well-being. It might take some time but it is possible to rebound and get back on track.
Take a Deep Breath
Putting your setback into the right perspective is the first step to moving past it. Your attitude will determine how long this misstep will affect you in the long-run.
Evaluate the Damage
The next step to financial recovery is cataloging everything that was affected. By creating a log of the damage, you hold yourself accountable for recovery. It’s important to closely monitor how all of your money is being spent.
Start by asking yourself the following questions:
- How much money do I owe?
- What remaining assets do I have?
- How much income do I have coming in each month?
- What am I spending money on?
- Was my credit score negatively impacted?
Set New Financial Goals
It’s time to reevaluate and rebuild your budget and financial goals. Your new goals need to be realistic. After a financial setback you might not be able to buy that brand new car that you have been saving for. Set both long and short term goals to put your finances back on track.
It’s easy to make goals, now you have to put them into action. Cut unnecessary expenses and take accountability so the damage doesn’t continue to grow.
Learn from It
Some of the best life lessons happen from negative life events. If you dwell on a mistake and never forgive yourself, you will never learn from it.
You’re not alone. Almost everyone has faced a financial setback in their lifetime. Remember that no matter what set you back, there is a solution.